I’ve Actually Heard The Excuse ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’ But This One Takes The Cake. And Coming From A Teacher.

My daughter is attending one of our higher institutions for learning. It is a university with accolades galore. A good school. A recognizable name.

So, when she told me this story about one of her professors, I was a bit baffled.

She and her classmates had taken their last test before final exams a few days ago. The professor was handing back their tests and reminding them that they needed to study for the final from all of their previous exams.

“Oh,” she continued, “and I have to apologize. But my cat peed on your tests.”



“Was she serious?” I asked.

“Oh yeah,” my daughter replied.

So, it smells. To high heaven. Of cat pee.

“I just feel sorry for the guy whose test was on the top of the pile,” my daughter said.

Okay. First of all, I’d be mortified, as a teacher, to hand back tests or papers that had been soiled in any way. Cat pee, being one of the most mortifying.

Secondly, why hand them back at all? Or, better yet, photo copy the tests and hand back the photo copies so that your student’s backpacks, cars and dorm rooms don’t have to smell like your cat’s urine.

Just a thought. Or two.

Nope. I’m still sitting here, shaking my head.

Simply baffled.


Filed under I'm Baffled (And Because I Love The Word Baffled)

7 responses to “I’ve Actually Heard The Excuse ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’ But This One Takes The Cake. And Coming From A Teacher.

  1. Okay that is completely nuts. If I was in that situation I would have done what you said and photocopied them. How weird??

  2. My cat has an urinary tract infection right now, so I am all too familiar with that smell. 😦 Yuck!

  3. Niiice! How generous of her to share the wealth, you know?

  4. Just because you’re a professor does not make you smart.

  5. Un-be-liev-ab-le! Crazy, totally crazy. 🙂

  6. OK, I would have made copies for the students and buried the originals. On the other hand, if you had urine-soaked test papers in your house, maybe just giving them back to the students seemed like a good idea, just to “clear the air.”

  7. What Dawn said. Many of my professors were charming, intelligent, admirable people. Some of them were just clueless shlubs.

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